Who among us could’ve predicted the massive financial haul that Venom would pull in at the box office? Be honest. Many were unsure what to predict, though you could bet your top dollar that just as many were rooting against Venom for various reasons. Wherever you landed, the first in Sony’s Marvel Universe was a spectacular success at the box office. So big, in fact, that it helped bolster Sony’s film unit to a great profit.
Based on a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Venom pulling in $855 at the global box office, combined with the continued success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, brought Sony’s film unit to a profit of $107 million from the October to December quarter, up $93 million from the same quarter in the previous year. While the overall quarterly revenue at Sony was down 10 percent, the overall forecast of the studio’s full-year profits remained unchanged at $459 million.
While Sony had many films outside of comic-book pictures, it was ultimately the unexpected surge of interest and box office gold for Venom that put them over the top. Given how many were rooting against Venom from the start, as well as the question of how a Venom film could work without Spider-Man, it’s still a testament to how much global audiences enjoyed the film. What comic audiences may have scoffed at, the general audience- which is much larger than the comic crowd and you know it- happily lined up for Venom.
It’s part of the reason why Sony is full speed ahead with their universe, with Morbius currently in development. Quality aside, at the end of the day, these studios and businesses care about money and the bottom line. The case of Venom with Sony is no exception, and it appears that, despite its odds, the film was, in few words, a financial success. There’s no beating around the bush on that one.
With that said, what do you think Venom’s financial success will mean for Sony’s Marvel Universe going forward? Do you think Morbius can achieve similar results? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Venom is available now on Digital HD, 4K, Blu-Ray, and DVD.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Thanos’ Outriders Resemble Venom In New ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Concept Art
New Avengers: Infinity War concept art reveals early designs for Thanos' Outriders and the horrifying creatures bear a striking resemblance to Venom.
During the battle of Wakanda, Thanos' underlings unleashed an army of the Outriders on Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Though the creatures were terrifying enough in the final version of the film, early concept art reveals that the Outriders initially resemble the Spider-Man villain turned anti-hero named Venom. According to Avengers: Infinity War concept artists, creating a design for Thanos' army that wouldn't be compared to Venom proved to be a challenge.
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Thanos will return in the untitled sequel to Infinity War.
A culmination of 22 interconnected films the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers 4 is expected to star Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Brie Larson, Josh Brolin and Chris Pratt.
Avengers 4 is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 3, 2019.